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Proposal Ties University Tuition Hikes to Inflation Rate

State Rep. Ed Rynders of Albany wants voters to amend the state constitution so tuition increases at state universities cannot exceed the rate of inflation. He said controlling the cost of tuition is key to saving the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship program, which is running out of money.

New Push For Trauma Care Funding

There’s a new effort underway at the state Capitol to push for a permanent trauma care network funding source. It’s still connected to vehicle registration fees—but with a twist. The measure revived this week by Douglas Republican Greg Goggans in the state Senate would peel-off $10 from the sale of each license tag and direct it into a dedicated trauma fund.

Day-13 General Assembly Roundup

State House lawmakers Thursday passed an $18 billion midyear budget to carry the state through the end of the fiscal year June 30. The plan included the restoration of a popular meals program for seniors. Additional money, about $14 million, for hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients. And the plan also eliminates six state-funded crime victim’s advocates and closes two youth detention centers.

Divided Savannah Council Rejects Compromise

In a pair of 5-4 votes, Savannah City Council members showed that they remain bitterly divided over who should become the city's next chief executive. The split has exposed racial tensions in the city. The votes also present no clear path forward for resolving a long-simmering issue.

Bill Proposes Separate Public Health Agency

Two years ago the Public Health department was merged into the Department of Community Health. Lawmakers say a separate agency would be more effective and there would be no change in the state budget.

House Budget Restores Some Programs

But Democratic leadership says education still loses. Money for meals on wheels and the respite program that helps family members provide home care for the elderly was put back in the 2011 budget.

House Lawmakers OK Amended Budget

The House has approved an $18 billion budget that funnels additional money to hospitals that care for large numbers of poor patients.

Alabama Concerned over Georgia Water Decisions

Alabama officials have expressed concern over Georgia’s push for reservoirs and its regulation of water transfers.

House Panel OK's Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

A House panel has approved a bill that would pave the way for stores in Georgia to sell alcohol on Sundays. The House Regulated Industries Committee approved the measure Wednesday. A similar bill has already cleared a key Senate panel.

English-Only License Tests Up In House

A bill that would mandate Georgia driver's license exams for permanent residents be given only in English is expected to face a vote in the House Wednesday. The legislation's sponsor, Rep. James Mills, says the current policy of allowing drivers tests to be administered in 14 languages poses a safety hazard since road signs are printed in English.